Tannie du Toit’s standard pudding

Monday, 7 October 2019|Baking, Sweet tooth|

I don’t know Tannie du Toit, could not have, because this standard pudding (that’s it’s name) recipe of hers dates back to the early 50s. I discovered it in one of the precious handwritten recipe books I inherited from my gran. I think of it as the pound cake of puddings because it has one of everything – one cup […]

Cheat’s rosemary pizza bread with pink peppered goat’s cheese, bresaola and figs

Friday, 22 February 2019|Baking, Dinner, Nibbles|

My search for the perfect fig for a TV commercial led me to the Oranjezicht City Farm Market at Granger Bay last Saturday. If you are remotely a foodie and have never been, this market next to the V&A Waterfront is an absolute must-visit. The quality of their produce is just stupendous, but more about this market […]

Grandma’s hot-milk chocolate cake

Wednesday, 6 February 2019|Baking, Sweet tooth|Tags: , |

Cake is not really a thing I would cross the Kalahari barefoot for – with two possible exceptions: 1) cheesecake, but only a decent oven-baked one and… 2) chocolate cake – the darker and richer, the better. Chocolate cake recipes made with hot milk are not exactly something new. Every self-respecting church fête baker has a trusted recipe that’s mostly guarded […]

Milk tart mille feuille

Monday, 12 November 2018|Baking, Sweet tooth|Tags: |

Christmas is coming folks! I know this because this past Saturday I finally capitulated – and put up all my Christmas decorations. It may seem early, but given that I’ve been contemplating doing so since the beginning of October, I think I’ve shown remarkable restraint. I obviously feel about Christmas the way a 5-year-old does – super duper excited. So now […]

Milk tart macarons

Tuesday, 28 August 2018|Baking, Sweet tooth|

Milk tart macarons – yes you heard me right, I’m making them a thing. For bite-sized morsels of yumminess with loads of Parisian elegance, few things beat macarons. Possibly Madeleines, but then Madeleines are what I enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee. In my book macarons beg for Champagne, so not really […]

Anne Burrell’s focaccia

Tuesday, 12 June 2018|Baking|

Baking bread is just about one of the most satisfying things I can think of doing in a kitchen. Short of eating it, that is. And it doesn’t come much easier than gorgeous focaccia. Buy one in a shop and you need to take out a second mortgage. I don’t get it because, really, the ingredients are super cheap and […]